Published Thursday, May 31, 2007, in the Peninsula Examiner
Repairs partially close popular path
By Edward Carpenter
Millbrae -- Peninsula runner Mark Haesloop, once a regular marathoner,
will have to cut his runs along Sawyer Camp Trail short for the next
month as the path is rebuilt and new stormwater drainage culverts are
constructed alongside it.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has closed down a
portion of the popular recreation trail for a month to rebuild and
stabilize the path. The trail, which sees about 25,000 visitors
monthly, provides access to the San Andreas Dam in the Crystal Springs
Approximately a mile of the trail, from Hillcrest Drive in Millbrae
south to the dam, will be closed until the last Friday of July, PUC
spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.
An agreement between the county and the PUC requires the trail work to
be complete and the trail fully restored before the 33-mile Tour de
Peninsula bicycle race on Aug. 5, Barry said.
The project is estimated to cost about $860,000, Barry said. The
maintenance work to rebuild the road and improve drainage culverts is
separate from the PUC's $4.3 billion retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy
water system, which includes the Crystal Springs watershed. The
system delivers water to 2.4 million Bay Area residents.
"Given the nature of the work [at Sawyer Camp Trail], we didn't want
to create any hazards to bicyclists, pedestrians, etc., so we decided
to close the trail during construction," Barry said.
"I understand why they're going to do it, but it's going to be an
inconvenience," Haesloop said.
He suggested runners looking for longer trails to try Edgewood and
Huddard parks, or the San Andreas Trial that starts across the street
from the northern Sawyer Camp Trail entrance and winds its way to San
While runners, bicyclists and pedestrians won't be able to access the
trail from the north entrance at Hillcrest and Skyline boulevards from
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Millbrae, about five miles of the trial will be
open and accessible through the south entrance at Skyline and Crystal
Springs Road in San Mateo, said David Moore, county parks
The tour raises between $10 million and $30 million annualy for the
county parks department, said county Parks and Recreation Foundation
Executive Director Julia Bott.